Middle Main, Michigan has one stop light, one bakery, one hair salon...and one funeral home. The Eliot Family has assisted the grieving people in their town for over fifty years. After all those years of comforting others, they are the ones in need of mercy.
Olga, the matriarch who fixes everything, is unable to cure what ails her precious daughter. She is forced to face her worst fears. How can she possibly trust God with Gretchen's life?
A third generation mortician, Evelyn is tired of the isolation that comes with the territory of her unconventional occupation. Just when it seems she's met a man who understands her, she must deal with her mother's heartbreaking news. Always able to calm others and say just the right thing, she is now overwhelmed with helplessness as she watches Gretchen slip away.
They are tasting only the drought of tragedy...where is the deluge of comfort God promises?
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About the Author
Susie Finkbeiner is a novelist and short story writer from West Michigan. Her first novel, Paint Chips, released in 2013 with WhiteFire Publishing.
Susie is a wife, mother of three, and avid reader. She enjoys time with her family, coffee dates with her good friends, and quiet moments to read and write.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A masterpiece in sensitivity "My Mother's Chamomile" is the depiction of a family of morticians in Middle Main, Michigan.. For 50 years the Eliots have assisted families through the most difficult stage of life..... death. Years of dealing with death and grief places them in a state of loneliness in the community. People are uncomfortable with thoughts of their own mortality. The Eliots exhibit a strong faith in God, and a powerful compassion for others. Their competence, sensitivity and quiet strength bring comfort to the families they serve. Susie Finkbeiner has exhibited a depth of wisdom and sensitivity beyond her years in this remarkably written narrative of life and death, and the emotions that accompany the final phase of life. Her choice of words is poetic and evokes powerful emotions and poignancy. The book is written with tenderness and reverence, and qualities that project the intimacy of the death experience. Much research went into the composition of this book. The author visited with funeral directors in order to gain the insight and integrity necessary to write so that the reader can absorb the process of life to finality, and the grief that follows. The progression of life through the Eliots is remarkably personal and tender. The members of this remarkable family are created with depth of perception for humanity. individualism and believability. I read this book slowly in order to absorb the tenderness and compassion contained within, allowing myself to soak in the spirit of life, death and the aftermath of grief. I highly recommend this masterfully written novel. It is filled with spirituality, benevolence and empathy. I was so impressed with this book that I immediately read it again. Please pick up a copy of this book and allow yourself an opportunity to be swept into a world of love, the beauty of family, as well as the frailty of life. Quote - "Out of the corner of my eye, a lanky chamomile flower danced in the wind. It grew up wild among the other flowers. Tall, green, spindly legs under heads of yellow and white." Disclaimer: I purchased this book with no expectations for a review of any kind. All opinions stated are my own, and no compensation was received for this review.
The most original piece of fiction I've read in years. My Mother's Chamomile is the contemporary tale of a family in the funeral director/mortician line of work. It is not sensational in any way, but it is so real it just might turn your heart inside out. This is one of those books that isn't just a good book, but an important book. It challenged and blessed me. I read it in two days.
I typically love fast paced books full of suspense and romance. Those are my favorites. Yet there are still authors that reach beyond my favorite genre and entertain me with stories far from my typical genre. Susie Finkebeiner is one of those authors who I've discovered may not write what I would normally reach for, but I'll happily still pull her from the shelf. She has yet to disappoint. Written in first person, My Mother's Chamomile follows both Olga and Evelyn through a trial neither wants to face. It took me a little while to get used to the format of switching between Olga and Evelyn, but with chapter headings that let you know which character you are with, that soon fell to the wayside, and I enjoyed seeing this story play out from two perspectives. The full cast of characters from this family made a rich background and provided laughter and a whole lot of love. As I found with Susie's first novel, she expertly pulls you into the emotions of these characters and weaves a story that is full of heartbreak and hope. No matter where you are in life, you're able to identify with the struggles on the page so that when she ushers in the truth of God's unfailing love and healing you feel it touch your life too. I recommend a box of Kleenex when you read this book--both for happy and sad tears.
“The courage to take a meager step some days exhausted me. But bravery could bring glory to my Lord. I just had to believe it.” ~Olga The Eliot family owns a three-generation run funeral home. The mark of Christ-like love and grace they’ve made on their community is indelible. But, as often in the case of the most compassionate, they are overlooked because of the job they provide. Simply, no one wants to think about death and they make people think about it. Because of this, deep and lasting friendships are rare and dear. This is especially true for Evelyn, one of the granddaughters. She’s felt ostracized because of her family’s profession, and yet, chose to carry it on anyway. It's painfully difficult to face other's loss and pain, to face death, but the call she has to help other's and face her fears wins out. The vivid insights the reader gains through Olga (the grandmother) and Evelyn about the passage of our lives, and that final passage, are both touching and heart-wrenching. When tragedy strikes one of their own, the town reaches out to them and meets their needs, showering them with blessings and sympathy in times of deepest need. Books don’t usually make me cry—but this one had me sobbing in empathy for the characters not once, but multiple times. The heartfelt reality of these characters struck deep chords—and as their hearts broke and healed, so did mine. Highly recommended!